Illegal car wash owners to seek planning permission

Southend Standard: Ray Blackburn outside the car wash Ray Blackburn outside the car wash

OWNERS of an illegal car wash are to seek proper planning permission after being threatened with closure.

Brothers Ray and Brian Blackburn have agreed to apply for planning permission to operate the London Road Car Wash at the corner of London Road and Cricketfield Grove, Leigh.

Southend Council gave planning officers powers to shut the business down in August after neighbours complained about noise and disturbance, but have postponed any closure after the Blackburns agreed to put in an application.

Ray said: “We are going to press on with whatever is required to get the correct permission for the car wash.

“We don’t want to go round the back door and we will do whatever is required to do it legally.”

The brothers, who also operate a car showroom and garage from the site, have encased the pump for their pressure washers, which is inside a building, in a timber box and plan to line it with insulation to reduce the noise.

They have also wrapped the body for their main vacuum cleaner, which is also inside, in lining and plan to encase that in a wooden box too.

The site has planning permission to be a car showroom and garage. Cars have been washed there for 30 years and cars are still sold there, so the Blackburns believed no new planning permission was needed.

They claim to have offered to apply if necessary, but planning officers failed to reply to their offer. The car wash, which is open, is allowed to continue operating as the brothers apply.

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2:50pm Fri 4 Oct 13

Self Rightous Be Thankful says...

Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.
Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service. Self Rightous Be Thankful
  • Score: -13

3:55pm Fri 4 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Self Rightous Be Thankful wrote:
Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.
far to many lazy people around who have forgotten how to wash their own car or its above them to get their hands wet and soapy.
[quote][p][bold]Self Rightous Be Thankful[/bold] wrote: Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.[/p][/quote]far to many lazy people around who have forgotten how to wash their own car or its above them to get their hands wet and soapy. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

4:34pm Fri 4 Oct 13

Nebs says...

Seems to me like you can start anything, anywhere, without planning permission. If someone complains then you can still carry on. Pointless applying in the first place, just wait until someone complains then sort out the paperwork.
Seems to me like you can start anything, anywhere, without planning permission. If someone complains then you can still carry on. Pointless applying in the first place, just wait until someone complains then sort out the paperwork. Nebs
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Fri 4 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nebs wrote:
Seems to me like you can start anything, anywhere, without planning permission. If someone complains then you can still carry on. Pointless applying in the first place, just wait until someone complains then sort out the paperwork.
They know it will take months if not a year or so before you finaly have to cease operations, if you apply then extra time(as in this case)...then re-apply extra time again, could go on years, probably go for re-development before then anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Seems to me like you can start anything, anywhere, without planning permission. If someone complains then you can still carry on. Pointless applying in the first place, just wait until someone complains then sort out the paperwork.[/p][/quote]They know it will take months if not a year or so before you finaly have to cease operations, if you apply then extra time(as in this case)...then re-apply extra time again, could go on years, probably go for re-development before then anyway. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 7

5:31pm Fri 4 Oct 13

Self Rightous Be Thankful says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Self Rightous Be Thankful wrote:
Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.
far to many lazy people around who have forgotten how to wash their own car or its above them to get their hands wet and soapy.
I think the term, is below them, to get their hands dirty....Doh
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Self Rightous Be Thankful[/bold] wrote: Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.[/p][/quote]far to many lazy people around who have forgotten how to wash their own car or its above them to get their hands wet and soapy.[/p][/quote]I think the term, is below them, to get their hands dirty....Doh Self Rightous Be Thankful
  • Score: 3

6:28pm Fri 4 Oct 13

lastlaugh.,. says...

Watch all those who complained about Dale Farm come on here screaming about these people not having planning permission...there will be dozens of them...*starts to wait and wait and wait* Funny, where are they?
Watch all those who complained about Dale Farm come on here screaming about these people not having planning permission...there will be dozens of them...*starts to wait and wait and wait* Funny, where are they? lastlaugh.,.
  • Score: -11

7:20pm Fri 4 Oct 13

rude boy says...

It's not the matter off lazy ppl a lot of people's life's are busy to what they use 2 be. If u didn't have so many busy body's the world would b a better place 2
It's not the matter off lazy ppl a lot of people's life's are busy to what they use 2 be. If u didn't have so many busy body's the world would b a better place 2 rude boy
  • Score: -7

8:26pm Fri 4 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Self Rightous Be Thankful wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Self Rightous Be Thankful wrote:
Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.
far to many lazy people around who have forgotten how to wash their own car or its above them to get their hands wet and soapy.
I think the term, is below them, to get their hands dirty....Doh
but their hands wouldn't be dirty, in fact they would be very clean.
[quote][p][bold]Self Rightous Be Thankful[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Self Rightous Be Thankful[/bold] wrote: Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.[/p][/quote]far to many lazy people around who have forgotten how to wash their own car or its above them to get their hands wet and soapy.[/p][/quote]I think the term, is below them, to get their hands dirty....Doh[/p][/quote]but their hands wouldn't be dirty, in fact they would be very clean. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 3

8:32pm Fri 4 Oct 13

Clifford Close says...

lastlaugh.,. wrote:
Watch all those who complained about Dale Farm come on here screaming about these people not having planning permission...there will be dozens of them...*starts to wait and wait and wait* Funny, where are they?
no planning permission for illegal business.
[quote][p][bold]lastlaugh.,.[/bold] wrote: Watch all those who complained about Dale Farm come on here screaming about these people not having planning permission...there will be dozens of them...*starts to wait and wait and wait* Funny, where are they?[/p][/quote]no planning permission for illegal business. Clifford Close
  • Score: 5

10:43am Sat 5 Oct 13

Kim Gandy says...

lastlaugh.,. wrote:
Watch all those who complained about Dale Farm come on here screaming about these people not having planning permission...there will be dozens of them...*starts to wait and wait and wait* Funny, where are they?
The law is the law and applies EQUALLY to all - or do you have a problem with that?
[quote][p][bold]lastlaugh.,.[/bold] wrote: Watch all those who complained about Dale Farm come on here screaming about these people not having planning permission...there will be dozens of them...*starts to wait and wait and wait* Funny, where are they?[/p][/quote]The law is the law and applies EQUALLY to all - or do you have a problem with that? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

1:33pm Sat 5 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

rude boy wrote:
It's not the matter off lazy ppl a lot of people's life's are busy to what they use 2 be. If u didn't have so many busy body's the world would b a better place 2
No... ppl r 2 lzy
[quote][p][bold]rude boy[/bold] wrote: It's not the matter off lazy ppl a lot of people's life's are busy to what they use 2 be. If u didn't have so many busy body's the world would b a better place 2[/p][/quote]No... ppl r 2 lzy DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Sat 5 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

init.
init. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

7:09pm Sun 6 Oct 13

Steve H says...

Self Rightous Be Thankful wrote:
Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.
No they are not.

A squirt of Tesco Value washing up liquid on a sponge that has been dropped many times is NOT a quality service.
[quote][p][bold]Self Rightous Be Thankful[/bold] wrote: Whats all the fuss about, they are offering a quality service.[/p][/quote]No they are not. A squirt of Tesco Value washing up liquid on a sponge that has been dropped many times is NOT a quality service. Steve H
  • Score: 2

7:10pm Sun 6 Oct 13

Steve H says...

lastlaugh.,. wrote:
Watch all those who complained about Dale Farm come on here screaming about these people not having planning permission...there will be dozens of them...*starts to wait and wait and wait* Funny, where are they?
So where is the illegal development?
[quote][p][bold]lastlaugh.,.[/bold] wrote: Watch all those who complained about Dale Farm come on here screaming about these people not having planning permission...there will be dozens of them...*starts to wait and wait and wait* Funny, where are they?[/p][/quote]So where is the illegal development? Steve H
  • Score: 0

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